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ESPN Announces Times For Early-Season SEC Games

tv-remotesESPN and ABC will once again be home to college football’s best games during opening week.  No surprise, most of those games involve SEC teams.

The network announced the kickoff times for five season-openers featuring SEC teams this morning:

 

North Carolina at South Carolina — 6pm ET, Thursday, August 29th on ESPN

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt — 9:15pm ET, Thursday, August 29th on ESPN

Virginia Tech vs Alabama (in Atlanta) — 5:30pm ET, Saturday, August 31st on ESPN

Georgia at Clemson — 8:00pm ET, Saturday, August 31st on ABC

TCU vs LSU (in Arlington) — 9:00pm ET, Saturday, August 31st on ESPN

 

The network also announced that Kentucky’s game at Mississippi State on Thursday, October 24th will air on ESPN at 7:30pm ET.

 

CORRECTION – We initially listed the Clemson/Georgia game as being on ESPN… which would be rather tough since TCU/LSU is actually on ESPN.  A rushed error.  Our apologies.

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Report: UK’s Jones To Declare For NBA Draft

This year’s NBA draft is expected to be littered with Kentucky underclassmen.  Today, Dan Rieffer of Lexington’s WTVQ-TV is reporting via Twitter that Terrence Jones will be the first Wildcat to make his plans officially known:


“Not that we don’t already know, but ABC 36 had confirmed Terrence Jones will declare for NBA draft.  Announcement could be as early as tmrw.”


If Jones does declare, we’ll have more coverage tmrw.  (What hath Twitter and texting done to Shakespeare’s English?)

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Big 12 Spin On TV Is Worth A Laugh

Yesterday, we linked you to a story from The Oklahoman in which interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas pooh-poohed his league’s need for the type of national broadcasting partner the SEC (with CBS) and Notre Dame (with NBC) enjoy.

His take:


“Let me remind you that college football is still a regional sport.  Unless you have a big SEC game, it’s not going to rate that well.  They have games on the SEC package that aren’t going to knock your socks off.”

Columnist Berry Tramel then points out that “the overall rating for the SEC on CBS was 4.2 in 2011, 4.2 in 2010 and 4.4 in 2009.  That’s a little better than the Big 12 on ABC, but nothing significant.”

Neinas’ take is spin, Tramel’s is a bit off the mark.  Let’s start with Neinas.

While there may be some SEC games on CBS that don’t “knock your socks off,” those games are still on CBS.  That’s national television, not regional television… which is what most Big 12 games get via that league’s pacts with ABC/ESPN and Fox.

Those SEC games are shown nationally.  They’re promoted nationally all week.  Hell, they’re even listed in daily newspaper “What’s On TV Today” sections nationally.  (Though 50% of our readers just said, “What’s a newspaper?”)

National beats regional whether it’s a big game or a dud.  Any suggestion otherwise is pure spin.  The idea that the Big 12 would prefer to remain a regional league with only the occasional game kicked to a national level is laughable.

Which brings us to Tramel.  He compares the SEC’s ratings on CBS to the Big 12′s ratings when they’re on ABC.  But a year’s worth of national coverage on CBS tops a year’s worth of regional coverage on ABC with a few national games tossed in.

According to Nielsen’s 2011 ratings, the average viewership for each league’s football games — across all carriers — stood at 4.44 million viewers for the SEC and 2.34 million viewers for the Big 12.  You don’t have to be Pythagoras to realize that on average an SEC football game — whether it knocks anyone’s socks off or not — almost doubles up the viewership for a Big 12 game.

If the Big 12 could swap its television deals with the SEC’s soon-to-be re-negotiated deals, it would do so in an Austin minute (which is where all important Big 12 decisions are made).

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SEC Releases TV Schedule For November 25th and 26th

The SEC has released its full television schedule for the weekend after Thanksgiving and you can check it out below (all times Eastern):


Friday the 25th

Arkansas at LSU
2:30pm on CBS


Saturday the 26th

Georgia at Georgia Tech
12:00pm on ABC or ESPN

Tennessee at Kentucky
12:21pm on SEC Network

Alabama at Auburn
3:30pm on CBS

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest
3:30pm on ESPNU

Florida State at Florida
7:00pm on ESPN2

Ole Miss at Mississippi State
7:00pm on ESPNU

Clemson at South Carolina
7:45pm on ESPN

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SEC Releases Early TV Schedule For The Fall

The SEC unveiled the early part of its football television schedule for the fall — along with a few big late-season games — today in Destin.  Below are the games, times and networks already penciled in for Fall 2011:


Thursday, September 1st

Kentucky vs Western Kentucky (Nashville, TN), ESPNU, 9:15pm ET

Saturday, September 3rd
Utah State at Auburn, ESPN or ESPN2, 12:00pm ET
Kent State at Alabama, SEC Network, 12:21pm ET
BYU at Ole Miss, ESPN, 4:45pm ET
Oregon vs LSU (Arlington, TX), ABC, 8:00pm ET
Boise State vs Georgia (Atlanta, GA), ESPN, 8:00pm ET

Saturday, September 10th
Mississippi State at Auburn, SEC Network, 12:21pm ET
Cincinnati at Tennessee, ESPN2, 3:30pm ET
South Carolina at Georgia, ESPN, 4:30pm ET

Thursday, September 15th
LSU at Mississippi State, ESPN, 8:00pm ET

Saturday, September 17th
Auburn at Clemson, ABC, 12:00pm ET
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, SEC Network, 12:21pm ET
Tennessee at Florida, CBS, 3:30pm ET
Navy at South Carolina, ESPN2, 6:00pm ET

Saturday, September 24th
LSU at West Virginia, TBA, TBA

Saturday, October 1st
Doubleheader Games TBA, CBS, 3:30pm and 8:00pm ET
Ole Miss at Fresno State, ESPN2, 9:15pm ET

Saturday, October 29th
Florida vs Georgia (Jacksonville, FL), CBS, 3:30pm ET

Saturday, November 12th
Doubleheader Games TBA, CBS, 12:00pm and 3:30pm ET

Friday, November 25th
Arkansas at LSU, CBS, 2:30pm ET

Saturday, December 3rd
SEC Championship Game (Atlanta, GA), CBS, 4:00pm ET

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UF Football Game At Florida State To Kick Off At 3:30 p.m.

The start time for the Gator football team's game at Florida State next Saturday, Nov. 27, will be at 3:30 p.m. and the game will be shown regionally on ABC and to other regions on ESPN.
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SEC TV Schedule – Weeks Twelve And Thirteen

Here’s a look at the SEC’s television schedule for this Saturday and the week.  Non-Saturday games are in parentheses.  All times are Eastern.  Print ‘em while they’re hot.


This Week’s Schedule

(Thursday) 7:30pm — Georgia State at Alabama (ESPNU)

12:21pm — Troy at South Carolina (SEC Network syndicated package)

12:30pm — Appalachian State at Florida (Pay Per View)

3:30pm — Ole Miss at LSU (CBS)

7:00pm — Arkansas at Mississippi State (ESPN)

7:30pm — Tennessee at Vanderbilt (CSS)


Next Week’s Schedule

(Friday) 3:30pm — Auburn at Alabama (CBS)

12:21pm — Kentucky at Tennessee (SEC Network syndicated package)

3:30pm — LSU at Arkansas in Little Rock (CBS)

7:00pm — Mississippi State at Ole Miss (ESPNU)

7:30pm — Wake Forest at Vanderbilt (CSS)

7:45pm — Georgia Tech at Georgia (ESPN)

3:30 or 7:00pm — Florida at Florida State (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

12:00, 3:30 or 7:00pm — South Carolina at Clemson (Raycom, ESPNU, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

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SEC: A death at MSU; Grantham’s choke sign

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SEC links for Wednesday:

Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger:(Nick) Bell, 20, died at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital a day after undergoing emergency surgery. The redshirt sophomore was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer after a tumor was removed from his brain on Oct. 1. He had recovered enough by Oct. 23 to attend the Bulldogs’ home victory over UAB, but last week he learned the cancer had spread, said family friend Moreland Smith.”

Brad Locke of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal: “This is not a subject that you normally have to deal with on a college beat. I’m covering young men in their physical primes, their futures wide open before them. Less than two months ago, the 20-year-old Bell was a key part of MSU’s defensive line, rotating at the right end spot, making tackles and making an impact.”

Tim Tucker of the AJC: “Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, caught on camera making a choking gesture toward Florida’s kicker near the end of last Saturday’s game, expressed regret about the incident Tuesday. “As a competitor, sometimes you get caught up in the heat of the moment,” Grantham said. “I wish the situation hadn’t happened. It was a tough, hard-fought game. They won it, and I’m ready to move forward and finish out the year strong.”

Mark Bradley of the AJC: “I know, I know. In Richt’s first five seasons he took Georgia to the SEC title game three times, which Donnan didn’t manage once, and won it twice. In those five seasons Richt bought the kind of good will Donnan never could. But Georgia, which has the same president now as then, has had essentially the same record the past five years as in Donnan’s tenure, and it has had many more off-the-field embarrassments.”

Doug Segrest of the Birmingham News: “Seemingly overnight, defense has gone out the window and the SEC has become an outdoor version of the Arena Football League. Auburn scored 65 points against Arkansas and 51 at Ole Miss. Kentucky averaged nearly 33 points in a four-game span — and lost three times. Even the best-regarded defenses in the league have been chewed up and spit out. South Carolina put 35 points on the board against defending national champion Alabama. LSU did everything but raise a white flag in surrendering 440 yards on the ground to Auburn, including 217 to quarterback Cam Newton.”

David Climer of the Tennessean: “Would UT have been better served to keep Fulmer and give him a chance to rebuild the program than charting a different course with first Kiffin and now Dooley? Discuss. I say it was the right call. Fulmer’s time had come and gone. Yes, the Vols won a national championship on his watch, but that was a full decade earlier. The program had grown stale. Something had to give.”

Chase Goodbread of the Tuscaloosa News: “It’s been the case in all four of coach Nick Saban’s seasons at Alabama. Even in 2007, when Saban’s first UA team limped to a 6-6 regular season finish with a winless November, Alabama entered a home game against LSU with a 4-1 SEC mark and the division title there for the taking. Even former coach Mike Shula coached a gateway game in this series, when the Tigers’ JaMarcus Russell ripped a division title from the Crimson Tide’s grasp in 2005 with an overtime touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe. Similarly, Alabama needed victories over LSU in 2008 and ‘09 to maintain control of its own fate in the division.”

Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser: “Auburn’s coach insists his team isn’t buying into the building hype, but that doesn’t mean play ers are oblivious to what’s happen ing inside the Athletic Complex. A team that opened the season with modest expectations instead finds itself firmly in the national championship picture. Its quarterback, Cam Newton, is among the most dominating players in college ball.”

Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier: “At one point during his news conference, Spurrier was asked by a TV reporter what he would tell fans who say the Arkansas game doesn’t mean anything. “You tell them whatever you want to,” Spurrier said. “I’m worried about coaching against Arkansas.”

Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times: “The first famous “rip” comment was made by Miles to ABC sideline reporter Lynn Swann on Nov. 8, 2003, as Miles’ No. 15-ranked Cowboys (7-1) were about to play No. 1 Oklahoma (8-0) in Norman, Okla., on ABC. Swann asked Miles if he tries to control the strong emotion in such a game or go with it. “It has to be controlled at points, but most of the time, ‘Let ‘er rip,’” Miles said.”

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